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Water Facts


Conservation Tips

Water your lawn less often; not more than every other day.

Do not water your lawn between the hours of 9am and 5pm. (This is a Palm Beach County Conservation Ordinance. An exception is the use of reclaimed water, which is highly treated wastewater that has been recycled for irrigation uses. Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department is a pioneer in this innovative use of recycled water.)

Check to make sure your sprinkler system is operating correctly. One broken sprinkler head could use up to 225 gallons per 15 minute cycle.

Make sure that your automatic sprinkler system has a rain sensor device that will shut off the system during and after a rain storm, when your lawn does not need to be irrigated. By Florida law, all new sprinkler systems must have a rain sensor sprinkler shut-off device installed. Click here for more information on rain sensors.

In the Bathroom...
  • Two-thirds of the water used in an average home is used in the bathroom, and a lot of it flushes down the toilet.
  • Fix leaky toilets. A faulty toilet tank flapper can consume 1,500 gallons a day.
  • Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every flush uses 5 to 7 gallons of water.
  • Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
In the Laundry Room...
Wash full loads of laundry. A washing machine can use 40 or more gallons of water per load.

In the kitchen...
Make sure your dishwasher loads are full. Dishwashers use about 15 gallons per run.

Last Updated : 02/08/2007